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Extra second for New Year's Day
Time stood still for a second on January 1.
3/01/2017 9:00 AM
The National Measurement Institute (NMI) creates time on New Year’s Day, by adding a ‘leap second’ to time. This extra second will ensure that our timescale, based on atomic clocks, remains in sync with time, based on the earth's rotation.
NMI’s Dr Michael Wouters, Leader, Standards for Time and Frequency tells how NMI has readied Australia's super-accurate atomic clock for the moment an extra second is added to time.
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